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Three weeks down, three weeks to go!

Can you believe Horizons 2019 is halfway over? Last week our students began to venture off campus to explore the Nashville community and beyond, from walking tours of downtown to animal encounters at Kentucky Down Under. Enjoy these highlights of last week!

International Market Treats Sixth Grade to Lunch

Last Friday, our rising sixth graders traveled to the International Market on Belmont Blvd. to try Thai food while practicing their math skills. The generous Anna Myint, current owner of the restaurant and daughter of its late founder Patti Myint, provided each student with a plate full of delicious Thai fried rice, skewer chicken, noodle stir fry, and egg rolls. The students practiced calculating their hypothetical bill including tax and tip. Thank you Anna Myint for giving our students the opportunity to not only practice their math but also experience your family's yummy legacy!

Social Emotional Learning with RULER

This summer at Horizons we implemented a new SEL program to help our students learn to recognize, understand, label, express and regulate their emotions. RULER involves creating a classroom charter, engaging in a daily morning check-in, and mapping emotions throughout the day with the help of the RULER color grid. Click on "RULER" in the picture above to watch a video about how our rising second grade is implementing social and emotional learning into their classroom this summer!

1st Grade

Last week was particularly exciting for first grade as their classroom caterpillars arrived! They were introduced to their insect friends through a lesson on the butterfly lifecycle and metamorphosis. Each first grader was given their own caterpillar to raise and observe until the end of camp. Their first step was to place food in a container for their caterpillar as it begins the process of becoming a chrysalis. They hope to observe their caterpillars become butterflies before the end of Horizons. The rising first graders also practiced their addition, learned how to brainstorm, and were challenged to expand their sentences to become more descriptive writers. 

3rd Grade

Last week the rising third grade focused on becoming better writers starting by writing an informational text about themselves. They told the reader things they like and dislike and what makes them happy. They also began writing research papers about the planet they chose last week, paying special attention to crafting an exciting introduction. They continued to research their planet to find out what it is made of, where it is in the solar system, and what its weather is like, among other things. This week they will wrap up their planet studies and begin exploring space travel and astronauts. Stay tuned to hear about their trip to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville this week!

5th Grade

Each morning last week, the rising fifth graders had a blast working with students outside the Horizons community to build a variety of creations at USN camps. Four students attended Scream Machine camp where they design roller coasters and the sculpted them out of paper. Four students attended Cardboard Creations camp where they used cardboard to build everything from houses to carnival games. A final group of students attended Battle Bots camp where they build and programed robots to fight! In the afternoons they continued to focus on their math and literacy skills. They continued to play games to learn their multiplication and division and practiced writing numbers in different forms. They learned to use context clues to figure out unknown vocabulary and organize information from a text into a Venn diagram.   


2nd Grade

Last Wednesday, the rising second grade went on a field trip to downtown Nashville. They started at the Ryman Auditorium and then walked down Broadway stopping at Bridgestone Arena and ending up at the pedestrian bridge. Students recorded their observations in the Nashville books they are authoring and illustrating. Students learned the words "skyscraper" and "skyline" and enjoyed tracing the outline of their hometown's skyline with their finger. From the pedestrian bridge, they were able to look at the Cumberland river and looked at the first settlement of Nashville- Fort Nashboro. The students were excited to see the buildings they have been reading about, writing about, and drawing over the last few weeks in person. 

4th Grade

Fourth grade headed to the Land Down Under last week! They learned about the biomes and ecosystems around the world before researching the specific habitats and animals found in Australia. the scholars broke into groups to research different aspects of Australia such as its culture and geography. All their hard work learning about the country culminated in a Friday trip to Kentucky Down Under, an Aussie-themed zoo, and Mammoth Cave! This week, they will begin studying aquatic ecosystems in preparation for a trip to the Chattanooga Aquarium.

6th Grade

Sixth grade had an exciting third week of camp learning to become better writers and mathematicians. They focused on writing biographical texts by identifying an inventor of color to research. They practiced paraphrasing, summarizing and citing information to craft high-quality research papers about their inventor. They also practiced implementing logical sequencing and use of transitional words into their writing. In math, they focused on working with fractions and reviewing graphing. In the afternoons, the sixth grade scholars ventured outside of the classroom to engage in extracurricular actives with USN students. Half of the students attended USN's basketball camp where they learned proper shooting and defensive form, practiced footwork and played pickup games. The other half of the sixth graders learned to create music on garage band.


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